Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Welcome To Your New Watch Page

With things like Release Notes, we're focusing on sharing our philosophy behind changes on YouTube to give you a better understanding of why we make certain product decisions. We review the emails, blog post comments and Tweets you send our way, and want to thank all of you who wrote in to share your opinions. Today, we are beginning to roll out the new watch page. The update will begin with videos on the home page -- go to www.youtube.com, click on any video featured, and you'll get dizzy with excitement.



We think you'll find that the new watch page makes it even easier for you to view content while doing the Exorcist Walk or a headstand.
It also gives you even more control over picture quality -- our internal tests have shown that modern computer monitors offer better picture quality when flipped upside-down. Below are some of the features we're most excited about.



Real-Time Topsy-Turvyness



The biggest part of the new watch page is the real-time disorientation you'll get when you've clicked on a video from the home page. The new watch page lets you know what's happening right now in your world -- and it feels kinda funny. The page also makes it simpler for you to view content in the southern hemisphere (or, if you live in the southern hemisphere, then you should head north for the optimum viewing experience).



The Escape Route



One of the important things to remember about the page is that you might get a neck ache. That's why there's an improved Escape Route. It makes it easy to say, "Whoa, I prefer the old-fashioned layout!" So anytime your neck starts to hurt, you will know there's an out.



Discovering Fun



The final piece of the new watch page is the Laughs we get in confusing you on April Fool's Day.



Affectionately yours,

The YouTube Team

27 comments:

tvlivesite said...

Ha Ha Ha, well done!

BarryAldridge said...

Well done Youtube. I liked it.

richman02392 said...

when i logged on expecting to get rick rolled this happens great job im still loling

Generalsupertoad said...

OH MY GOD! First The Rick Roll Last Year And Now This, I've Got To Give YouTube The "Ultimate April Fool's Prack Award"

Chewy2nd said...

lolololololololololololololol

musicjudgemaster said...

its crazy, and in someways annoying but i suppose for certain videos its really good.

rastarenegade said...

oh thanks for the April fools prank....I thought I was still hung-over! nice one-you got me!!!!

wyllieohagan said...

Great April Fools Day prank - yes, we fell for that one:)

TheRealJimmyboy222 said...

Oh its a joke XD

TheRealJimmyboy222 said...

Ummmmmmmm? WTF, why is the video upside down?

OfficialMrFunguin said...

You really got me, YouTube!
Great prank!

realcelestialphoenix said...

this is better than last year
-when all the videos in the featured page linked to the same one

(which was also the shittest video on the tube)

(its been a year already? i need to get a life)

Minisha said...

Haha well done.

I actually thought this was an honest to god new feature.

Then I saw the date. *is gullible* lolz

thatenglishkid said...

Wut? No Rick Rolls :(

Sims3Galore said...

LOL you had me for a while!
This has to be the best joke i've had today :D
Good Work Youtube! :)
Someone actually thinks its real! LOL

4QuestionMarkTvStuff said...

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75amoeba said...

Help. Someone has messed up You tube. Everything is upside down, with no sound, your siite has been hacked.. Please do something about it.

cindyrockney said...

You folks are brilliant to come up with all these ideas. Will never cease to amaze me. And you fix things so fast! Thank you for excellent service.

Sincerely, Cindy Lou

SDvsRaw2008Fan said...

You can still add the prank url to video urls. Add "flip=1", minus the quotes.

memo2139 said...

12345

CokeColaFTW said...

Fucking hulu tube jews

ajdpadbury said...

As this was posted on April 1st I thought it was an April Fool, sadly, tragically not. What a MASSIVE mistake you are making. Firstly, why have you removed The Spotlight Videos from the UK frontpage? Logged on the homepage looks just the same, logged out it is a LOT different; there is the new, larger box for "Most Popular" where the most popular in each category is featured. Most users aspire to have a video on the front page and unless it is the "most popular" it won't be seen by non-members ie the Editor picks won't be seen unless a user is logged in. Also there is no encouragement for new people to sign up and "Broadcast Themselves" (Quote: Sign Up To Customise The Homepage, should read "Join In!" Unless you are "In" you won't know about the "social networking" aspect either.

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i think you're excellent, keep it up.

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